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Three-quarters of Scots oppose churches lockdown exemption; More than three-quarters of Scots oppose the prospect of churches being exempt from Covid-19 lockdown measures, new polling finds. Feb 17, 2021 620
Radical overhaul of Scottish NHS needed for '21st-century system'; A radical overhaul of health services in Scotland is needed with the traditional 9-5, five-days-a-week approach "consigned to history", MSPs have found. Feb 16, 2021 586
MSPs urged to halt Scottish Hate Crime Bill until after election; Campaigners have called on MSPs to halt the passage of controversial hate crime legislation through the Scottish Parliament until after the Holyrood elections in May. Feb 16, 2021 574
Scottish councils handed an extra [pounds sterling]275 million to tackle Covid; Scotland's councils are to receive an additional [pounds sterling]275 million to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, finance secretary Kate Forbes has announced. Feb 16, 2021 633
'Composite classes' widespread in Scots schools; Most areas of Scotland have "composite classes" in about three-quarters of their secondary schools, it has emerged. Feb 15, 2021 559
Scottish police equality probe should be 'priority', says Humza Yousaf; Justice secretary Humza Yousaf has said an independent review into equality issues in Police Scotland should be "prioritised". Feb 15, 2021 465
Scottish Government demands Westminster action on whisky slump; The Scottish Government is demanding action from Westminster to help Scotland's flagship whisky industry after a 23 per cent fall in overseas trade over the past year. Feb 13, 2021 566
Holyrood must overhaul way of working in post-Brexit landscape; A major overhaul of the way Holyrood operates is needed in response to the post-Brexit constitutional landscape, a new report has found. Feb 12, 2021 618
Scottish property owners face accommodation sites crackdown; Scottish property owners who advertise their flats on websites for get-togethers are "committing an offence" and could face police action, Constitution Secretary Mike Russell has warned. Feb 12, 2021 267
Scottish dental students forced to repeat a year to get bursaries; Scottish dental students who have been forced to repeat a year as a result of the pandemic are to be offered bursaries of [pounds sterling]6,750 to help with the financial impact. Feb 12, 2021 594
Rescued BiFab yards need action to secure Scottish wind farm work; The Scottish Government will work with the new owners of BiFab to help forge a "new future" for two yards bought over, the economy secretary has said. Feb 12, 2021 977
Police Scotland faces [pounds sterling]19m bill as result of Covid pandemic; Police Scotland has faced additional costs of more than [pounds sterling]19 million as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, MSPs have been told. Feb 11, 2021 643
Head of Police Scotland backs inquiry into Rangers case; The head of Police Scotland has backed Holyrood demands for a judge-led inquiry into the wrongful prosecution of two men linked to the collapse of Rangers almost a decade ago. Feb 11, 2021 428
Extend Scottish school day to let pupils catch up on lost teaching; The school day in Scotland should be extended to provide an extra eight hours of class-time over the week so pupils can catch up on lost learning during lockdown, experts have said. Feb 9, 2021 625
Scottish international arrivals may escape quarantine via England; Concerns that international passengers travelling to Scotland could escape strict new quarantine rules if they go via English airports have been raised by the Transport Secretary. Feb 9, 2021 426
24m cost to public purse of Rangers case set to rise; The head of Scotland's prosecution service has said the [pounds sterling]24 million already paid out over malicious prosecutions linked to the collapse of Rangers a decade ago is likely to rise further. Feb 9, 2021 944
Post-Scottish independence currency plan a 'huge risk', say economists; The prospect of an independent Scotland continuing to use the pound under a system of "sterlingisation" has been called into question by leading economists in a new report. Feb 8, 2021 622
Boris Johnson will be 'welcomed' on Tory Holyrood campaign says Douglas Ross; Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be "welcomed" on the Tories Holyrood election campaign, Scottish party leader Douglas Ross has said. Feb 7, 2021 582
'The union has worked' on Covid response, say UK cabinet ministers; The case for Scottish independence has been undermined by the UK-wide response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including speedy vaccination roll-out, UK cabinet ministers have claimed. Feb 7, 2021 567
All Scots adults may be vaccinated this Summer says Jeane Freeman; Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said she wants to see all 4.5 million adults in Scotland receive the Covid-19 vaccine during the Summer. Feb 7, 2021 419
Scots parents go direct to ministers to seek digital devices; Fresh concerns over a "digital divide" in Scottish education have emerged in correspondence between parents and the Scottish Government about access to devices during schools lockdown. Feb 7, 2021 597
Growing fears over Scots quarantine regime a week before launch; The Scottish Government is facing calls for urgent action to ensure a tough new quarantine regime is ready in time amid claims many operators are still in the dark. Feb 7, 2021 585
Holyrood to stop sitting on March 25 ahead of Scottish election; The Scottish Parliament is to stop sitting on March 25 and go into recess ahead of the Scottish elections at the start of May, Holyrood's Presiding Officer has confirmed. Feb 5, 2021 453
Scottish election must focus on economic recovery, say industry chiefs; The coming Holyrood election must be about rebuilding Scotland's economy from the "devastating impact of the pandemic", one of the country's leading business organisations has said. Feb 5, 2021 638
Scots dogs owners may face 'absolute responsibility' for attacks; Dog owners could be faced with an "absolute responsibility" for any attacks carried out by their animals, under a shake-up of the law. Feb 5, 2021 419
Scots plan to transform heating in one million homes; The Scottish Government has set out ambitious plans to convert more than a million homes to green heating systems within a decade. Feb 5, 2021 412
[pounds sterling]33bn Scottish plan unveiled to drive 'green recovery' from pandemic; An additional [pounds sterling]2 billion of projects to help Scotland lead the world in the transition to a net zero economy have been unveiled by Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson. Feb 4, 2021 628
Remote learning take-up will 'vary' across Scotland; John Swinney has admitted there will be "variation" in the effectiveness of remote learning take-up in Scotland among pupils during the schools' lockdown. Feb 3, 2021 562
Nicola Sturgeon says UK could lead on global 'Covid passport' proposal; Nicola Sturgeon has said the UK could take a lead in the development of global Covid-19 passports, but it is currently too early to press ahead with the scheme. Feb 3, 2021 591
Mike Russell pledges to 'redouble' independence referendum push over Brexit impact; Scottish independence will allow the country to escape the worsening impact of Brexit and rejoin the EU, the Constitution Secretary has told MSPs. Feb 3, 2021 603
Fears of new pandemic 'digital divide' in Scots education; An emerging "digital divide" across Scotland could see children from deprived areas suffer the worst impact of the Covid-19 schools shutdown, a new report has warned. Feb 2, 2021 577
Scottish ambulance response times hit by Covid pandemic protocols; Ambulance response times in Scotland have slowed as a result of strict new Covid-19 protocols, MSPs have been told. Feb 2, 2021 448
Inquiry demand into Rangers prosecutions after [pounds sterling]24m payout; An independent public inquiry must be held into malicious prosecutions by Scotland's Crown Office in connection with the collapse of Rangers almost a decade ago, MSPs have heard. Feb 2, 2021 593
Radical Independence campaign disbands as national body; A left-wing pro-independence campaign group has disbanded as a national organisation over "excessive factionalism", it has emerged. Feb 1, 2021 338
Douglas Ross challenges Nicola Sturgeon to debate on indyref2; Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has challenged Nicola Sturgeon to face him in a debate on SNP demands for a second referendum on Scottish independence. Feb 1, 2021 579
Spending spree tipped to drive revival of Scottish economy; A spending spree by Scotland's higher earners could help revive the country's beleaguered economy when lockdown measures are eventually lifted, the country's economic watchdog says. Jan 29, 2021 440
Tories hit out at [pounds sterling]400m of 'hidden' Scottish budget cuts; The Scottish Government has been accused of more than [pounds sterling]400 million of "under-the-radar" cuts to business support and key services in its budget unveiled on Thursday. Jan 29, 2021 446
Blow for Scottish house hunters as Help to Buy is axed; The main Help to Buy scheme, which has helped thousands of Scots onto the housing ladder, is to be axed in the coming year, it has been announced. Jan 29, 2021 607
Kate Forbes to unveil 'most important Holyrood budget since devolution'; Finance secretary Kate Forbes says her Scottish budget today will be "the most important in the history of devolution" as she prepares to unveil her spending plans for the year ahead. Jan 28, 2021 596
Global Covid-19 vaccine passports 'probably' way to go, says Jason Leitch; Scotland's national clinical director has voiced guarded "support" for calls to introduce a global Covid-19 vaccine passport to suppress future spread of the virus. Jan 28, 2021 456
Scottish budget: Council and income tax freezes unveiled to 'support families'; Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has moved to freeze income and council tax in the year ahead to support "households and families" in her budget for 2021/22. Jan 28, 2021 581
Scottish police funding black hole wiped out in [pounds sterling]60m budget deal; Scotland's police chief has welcomed a [pounds sterling]60 million increase in funding for the force that will wipe out a looming black hole in its finances. Jan 28, 2021 450
Scottish budget: 'Scotland-specific shock' hits economy; The economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown means that a "Scotland-specific economic shock" has been formally reached for the first time, with growth set to nosedive. Jan 28, 2021 364
Boris Johnson under fire over Scotland visit during 'Stay at Home' lockdown; Boris Johnson has come under fire over a planned visit to Scotland this week while strict Covid-19 travel bans and lockdown measures are in place across the country. Jan 27, 2021 412
SNP 'could use international law' in push for indyref2, says former UN adviser; The Scottish Government could use international law and the "principle of self-determination" to ramp up demands for a referendum on independence, a global constitutional law expert has said. Jan 26, 2021 615
Tens of billions of pounds to make Scottish homes net-zero; Scotland is facing a bill of "tens of billions" of pounds to retro-fit homes across the country and bring them in line with net-zero carbon ambitions, MSPs have been told. Jan 26, 2021 586
Scotland falling behind England in vaccine roll-out, MSPs told; Scotland is 140,000 vaccinations behind "where it should be" compared with England, opposition leaders have claimed. Jan 26, 2021 630
Scotland and Wales in joint stand on EU Erasmus student scheme; The Scottish Government will seek to continue the country's involvement in the EU's Erasmus+ scheme despite Brexit, it has been announced. Jan 26, 2021 446
Douglas Ross calls for boycott of 'wildcat' independence referendum; Tory leader Douglas Ross has stepped up calls for a boycott of an independence referendum in Scotland that is not agreed legally with the UK Government. Jan 25, 2021 423
Kate Forbes urged to rule out tax rises in Scottish budget; Finance Secretary Kate Forbes is being urged to rule out any fresh taxes rises as she prepares to set out her Scottish budget for 2020/21 on Thursday. Jan 25, 2021 572
Scots industry chiefs want Budget timetable to 'reopen economy'; Business leaders in Scotland want a timetabled approach for "reopening the economy" to be set out by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes in her Budget at Holyrood this week. Jan 24, 2021 1042
Scottish Government must overhaul windfarm deals after BiFab collapse, say MSPs; A major overhaul of the way wind farms are given the go-ahead in the UK is needed to ensure that local firms are guaranteed work to build them, MSPs have said. Jan 22, 2021 564
Scottish Water under fire over [pounds sterling]391m cash reserves as prices rise; Labour has hit out after it emerged publicly-owned Scottish Water built up cash reserves of [pounds sterling]391 million while Scots faced rising water charges. Jan 22, 2021 465
Anas Sarwar wins Usdaw backing in Labour leadership race; Anas Sarwar can bring Scottish Labour together again, according to former party MSP Karen Whitefield, who has been unveiled as the chair of his leadership campaign. Jan 22, 2021 430
Scots industry leaders call for talks with Joe Biden to end whisky tariffs; Industry leaders in Scotland have called for urgent talks to be held with new US President Joe Biden to end the swingeing whisky tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. Jan 21, 2021 593
Jackie Baillie seeks clarity on Scots vaccine wastage; Labour interim leader Jackie Baillie has raised concerns over vaccine wastage in Scotland in a letter to Nicola Sturgeon. Jan 21, 2021 594
Scotland to press ahead with post-Brexit freeports network; Scotland is to develop its own network of "freeports" in a move aimed at boosting post-Brexit trade and growth, it has been announced. Jan 21, 2021 564
John Swinney says vaccine programme must be governed by "fairness"; John Swinney has said that Scotland's vaccination programme must be governed by "fairness" amid calls from GPs to be allowed to bypass health boards order supplies themsleves. Jan 21, 2021 1031
Westminster is 'parking its tanks' on devolution powers, MSPs told; The UK Government is "parking its tanks" on Scottish devolution over plans to start funding areas like housing and education which fall within the remit of Holyrood, MSPs have heard. Jan 20, 2021 437
Nicola Sturgeon unveils [pounds sterling]250m 'national mission' to tackle drugs deaths; Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a [pounds sterling]250 million "national mission" to tackle soaring drugs deaths in Scotland with an expansion of residential places to be at the heart of the new strategy. Jan 20, 2021 564
Scottish industry tax breaks may be scaled back over budget clash, says Kate Forbes; Scotland's finance secretary has warned that Covid-related support for retail, hospitality and leisure may be scaled back in next week's budget over a "gap" in fiscal information from Westminster. Jan 19, 2021 454
SNP complains to BBC about being frozen out of Nicola Sturgeon briefing coverage; The SNP has complained to the BBC about being frozen out of the daily broadcast featuring Nicola Sturgeon's Coronavirus briefings. Jan 18, 2021 414
Anas Sarwar pledges an end to Scotland's 'old, divisive politics'; Labour leadership frontrunner Anas Sarwar has pledged to end Scotland's "old, divisive politics" as he formally launched his campaign to replace Richard Leonard at the party helm. Jan 18, 2021 566
Human rights watchdog raises Covid concerns over Scottish prisons; Concerns over the situation in Scotland's prisons as Covid cases soar across the country have been raised by the country's human rights watchdog in a letter to Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. Jan 18, 2021 576
MSPs on Alex Salmond probe branded 'hypocrites' over criticism of witnesses' support; MSPs probing the Scottish Government's handling of harassment complaints against Alex Salmond have been branded "hypocritical" over criticism of the [pounds sterling]54,000 cost to prepare officials for hearings. Jan 16, 2021 438
Jeane Freeman says publication of vaccine details was 'a mistake'; Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has said "a mistake was made" over the publication of a national vaccination roll-out programme for Scotland which contained commercially sensitive information. Jan 15, 2021 600
Scots warned against cross-border travel for takeaways; Scots have been warned against cross-border travel into England as new coronavirus restrictions come into force which will mean different lockdown regimes between the two countries. Jan 15, 2021 435
Scots tourism industry faces 'many more casualties' without support; Scotland's beleaguered tourism sector faces "many more casualties" unless emergency government funding to prop up the mothballed sector reaches frontline firms, MSPs have heard. Jan 14, 2021 571
Nicola Sturgeon can't rule out 'additional' lockdown restrictions; Nicola Sturgeon has warned that she cannot rule out "additional measures" to the current lockdown restrictions to halt the spread of coronavirus in Scotland. Jan 14, 2021 413
Over [pounds sterling]50,000 spent to help officials prepare for Salmond probe hearings; More than [pounds sterling]50,000 has been to help civil servants prepare for appearances before a Holyrood probe into the handling of harassment complaints against Alex Salmond, it has emerged. Jan 14, 2021 412
Scots hospitality firms run up [pounds sterling]1bn Coronavirus debts; Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish Government is trying to get support funds to businesses "faster" after it hospitality leaders said [pounds sterling]1 billion of debt was taken on by firms to get through the pandemic. Jan 14, 2021 561
Who will replace Richard Leonard as Labour leader in Scotland? With a Holyrood election just three months away, the party will have its work cut out to get a new leader in place ahead of the campaign. Here are some of the party's most high profile Scottish politicians who could figure. Jan 14, 2021 391
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard resigns; Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard has today resigned just four months before the Scottish Parliament elections. Jan 14, 2021 1024
Emergency Scottish economy support not reaching firms; Fewer than one in four emergency business funds to help industry in Scotland weather the impact of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched, it has emerged. Jan 13, 2021 586
Nicola Sturgeon did not try to 'influence' Alex Salmond harassment probe; Nicola Sturgeon did not seek to influence a Scottish Government investigation into harassment complaints against her predecessor Alex Salmond, the country's top civil servant has said. Jan 12, 2021 459
Scottish communities face 'damaging' cuts over [pounds sterling]1.1bn Covid funding gap; Councils in Scotland are facing a [pounds sterling]1.1 billion funding black hole as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting a warning of "damaging consequences" for local communities. Jan 12, 2021 603
Alex Salmond 'calls into question' planned appearance before MSPs next week; Alex Salmond has indicated that he may not appear next week before a Holyrood committee investigating the handling of a Scottish Government probe into harassment claims against him. Jan 12, 2021 610
Nicola Sturgeon urged to set March 31 independence referendum deadline; The Scottish Government should set Boris Johnson a March 31 deadline to agree to an independence referendum or press ahead with a Holyrood-sanctioned vote, it has been claimed. Jan 11, 2021 605
Nicola Sturgeon ministerial probe must investigate Alex Salmond claims, say MSPs; An independent probe underway into Nicola Sturgeon must be "directed" to investigate fresh claims made by Alex Salmond about their meetings while he faced a harassment inquiry, MSPs have said. Jan 11, 2021 991
Ex-Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne appointed Scots leader of Reform UK; Ex-Tory MSP Michelle Ballantyne has been appointed Scottish leader of the newly formed Reform UK party, it has been announced. Jan 11, 2021 431
Nicola Sturgeon is best performing party leader, says UK-wide poll; Nicola Sturgeon has been the best performing political leader UK-wide during her handling of the Covid crisis, with 43 per cent approval, according to a new poll. Jan 11, 2021 309
Analysis: Reform UK Scotland adds to crowded Holyrood ballot; The emergence of Reform UK Scotland as the latest suitor for votes north of the Border promises to make it one of the most crowded Holyrood regional lists since devolution in May's election. Jan 11, 2021 430
Top Scottish civil servant rejects 'SNP propaganda' video claims; Scotland's top civil servant has rejected claims that government staff promoted "SNP propaganda" that advocated independence on official social media accounts. Jan 11, 2021 582
SNP told to ditch plans for independence referendum by Sir Keir Starmer; Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said SNP demands for a referendum on independence should be ditched because it is not a priority for the people of Scotland. Jan 10, 2021 635
Nicola Sturgeon probe to cover 'any aspect' of ministerial code breaches over Alex Salmond; An independent inquiry into whether Nicola Sturgeon broke the ministerial code over statements about harassment claims involving Alex Salmond can look at "any aspect" of potential breaches. Jan 10, 2021 572
'Door to the EU now closed' to Scottish exporters as Brexit delays worsen; The "door to the EU is now shut" to many Scots exporters as the impact of Brexit border delays worsen, industry leaders have warned. Jan 10, 2021 436
Holyrood bid to end 'unacceptable' Scots criminal age of eight; A Holyrood bid to bring Scotland into line with the "international human rights community" and raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 has been launched. Jan 9, 2021 570
Almost 900 Scots military homes lying empty; Almost 900 military homes are lying empty in Scotland, prompting fresh calls for them to be used to house homeless veterans. Jan 8, 2021 425
Scotland could skip referendum and follow Irish route to independence, says Joanna Cherry; Scotland could follow the Irish route to independence, according to a senior Nationalist MSP, who says a referendum is not the only way to leave the union with England. Jan 8, 2021 570
Too many people still out and about in Scottish lockdown, says John Swinney; The amount of "movement in society" across Scotland is higher than it was during the last national lockdown - and could result in tougher restrictions, John Swinney has said. Jan 8, 2021 421
Brexit port delays down to UK Government, says Mike Russell; The failure of the UK Government to prepare for Brexit is behind emerging delays and backlogs at ports, according to Scotland's Constitution Secretary. Jan 8, 2021 577
Scottish Independence: Mike Russell told Australians he wants Indyref2 in 2021; The Scottish Government is facing fresh calls to pause plans for an independence referendum, after it emerged the Constitution Secretary told foreign diplomats he wants a vote later this year. Jan 7, 2021 557
Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon suggests even tougher Scottish lockdown may be needed to ease pressure on NHS; Nicola Sturgeon has ordered Scots employers to "review their operations" - and warned a further lockdown of non-essential business may be needed to ease growing pressure on the NHS. Jan 7, 2021 1033
Thousands of racist incidents in Scots schools; More than 2,200 racist incidents have been recorded in Scottish schools in recent years - and campaigners have warned that the situation is the "tip of the iceberg.". Jan 6, 2021 579
Tough new UK border restrictions under discussion, says Nicola Sturgeon; Nicola Sturgeon has held talks with fellow UK leaders about tough new border controls to halt the spread of Covid-19, with fresh restrictions expected in coming days. Jan 5, 2021 611
Thousands of Scottish vaccine centres planned to 'move mountains' for roll-out; Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to "move mountains" to ensure vulnerable Scots are vaccinated in coming weeks, as it emerged that "thousands" of jab centres will set up around the country. Jan 5, 2021 523
Scottish assisted dying law change now at "tipping point" in Holyrood; The prospect of Scottish assisted dying laws being introduced at Holyrood now sits at a "tipping point", according to one MSP pushing for the change. Jan 3, 2021 976
Scottish puppy farms crackdown revived amid Covid lockdown rise in dog sales; New laws to crack down on puppy farms in Scotland will be revived after May's Holyrood election amid concerns over their role as soaring numbers of people bought dogs during lockdown. Jan 2, 2021 533
How Scotland was preparing for a global pandemic 15 years ago; Scotland was making preparations for the imminent arrival of global pandemic 15 years ago with ministers warned it could claim up 50,000 lives north of the border, it has emerged. Jan 1, 2021 596
Scots ministers feared over 'hardcore' G8 protesters would bring havoc to Scotland; Scottish ministers feared a "small, hardcore element" of protesters would bring widespread disruption to Scotland during the G8 summit of global leaders in 2005, it has emerged. Jan 1, 2021 609

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